Risk of Getting Zika in the Caribbean is Now Low


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday August 15, 2018 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says the chance of anyone in the region contracting the mosquito-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) now is “low”.

Following a review of relevant data over the last 30 months, CARPHA says the virus’ transmission has been “interrupted”.

ZIKV was first detected in the Caribbean in late 2015. The number of cases increased in the first half of 2016 and reached its peak circulation in August 2016, and then declined rapidly by December 2016.

“Before, during and after the introduction of the virus, CARPHA has been conducting surveillance and laboratory testing activity for ZIKV and has worked assiduously with its 26 CARPHA Member States and partners to strengthen the ability to detect and…

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